Agriculture Committees on both sides of Capitol Hill completed their Farm Bill markups this week and reported the respective bills to their chambers for further action. This report describes the results from both markups. [Read Full Report]
The President’s FY 2014 Budget Request was made public this morning. Under the budget, total funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) would increase from $1.143 billion to $1.288 billion. The President’s Budget proposes numerous changes to NIFA programs (including several funding line consolidations). [Read Full Report]
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a substitute for H.R. 933, the House-passed legislation to provide continued funding for federal departments and agencies for the remainder of FY 2013. The Committee’s substitute bill includes separate divisions for five of the 12 regular appropriations bills, including Agriculture. The Committee had discretion to fund National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) accounts at levels different than in FY 2012. The Committee used this discretion to recommend detailed FY 2013 funding levels for NIFA accounts. [Read Full Report]
The Budget and Advocacy Committee has updated the documents that explain our FY 2013 appropriations requests for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). These are posted on the documents page: [Click Here]
The House of Representatives concurred with the Senate version of H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and President Obama signed the bill into law. As reported in Cornerstone’s 2013 Farm Bill Report of Jan. 1, 2013, this legislation includes a one-year extension of hundreds of authorizations for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and a two-month postponement of the “sequestration” (across-the-board) budget cuts enacted as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. This report provides further explanation of what this legislation means for the land-grant community. [Read Full Report]
Early today the Senate passed H.R. 8, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.” by a margin of 89-to-8. This bill includes numerous tax and Medicare provisions related to the so-called “fiscal cliff,” and a one year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. [Read Full Report]
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